Black cherry fruit wrapped in licorice and coffee is the story here; right up front and bright with tart acids. There's medium concentration and weight, but the wine ultimately falls away into some fairly stiff, slightly green tannins, leaving a chalky residue. It definitely needs food to show its best; preferably a grilled steak.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.